15 Songs, 1 Hour 58 Minutes


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3 Ratings

DonRellman ,


Buy this one, it’s good for you - Relaxin’ With Nick swings and grooves from the git-go (impossible not too, with a rhythm section featuring stalwart keeper of the Bop Drums flame, Kenny Washington (who reminds us on some of these tracks that he can lay down some seriously smokin’ funk whenever the music calls for it). His frequent partner-in-groove Peter Washington maintains his usual grounding warmth of tone and pure-wood-bass presence.

I’m enjoying also the darting here and there of old school keyboard sounds like the Fender Rhodes electric piano - tastefully incorporated without sounding nostalgic.

A thought-provoking surprise is the use of the speaking voice of the great founding father of Bebop Drums, Mr. Max Roach - woven into the piece called Jazz Is a Four-Letter Word. Without being actual rap or hip-hop, the use of Mr. Roach’s sampled/chopped voice gives the album some of its contemporary hip-hop flavor.

My first album purchase by the multi-talented multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Payton, this surely won’t be my last.

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